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Ways of Drawing

Artists' Perspectives and Practices

Julian Bell, Julia Balchin, Claudia Tobin



Ways of Drawing brings together a sophisticated, exciting range of reflections on markmaking by practising artists, teachers and writers. From explorations of how it feels to draw and personal accounts of artistic development, to short, imaginative propositions for looking, understanding and experiencing afresh, this collection repositions drawing as a vital creative and intellectual endeavour.

The book is divided into three sections: ‘Studio Space’, which focuses on drawing within four walls; ‘Open Space’, which ventures out into the cityscapes and landscapes around us; and ‘Inner Space’, which returns to the living, feeling, drawing person. Each section is comprehensively illustrated with a wealth of drawings, prints and paintings by faculty and alumni of the Royal Drawing School, works by established artists past and present, and photographs of artists at work.

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Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 308

Publication date: 3 October 2019

ISBN: 9780500021903

About the Author

Julian Bell is a well-known painter and author. His books include Bonnard and What is Painting?, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Julia Balchin is Director of Education & Enterprise at the Royal Drawing School.

Claudia Tobin is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Cambridge and curates the ‘Lecture and Conversation’ series at the Royal Drawing School.